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Compensation & Benefits

New NLRB rule clarifies ‘joint employer’ status

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule ending years of confusion about what constitutes a joint employer in the context of the National Labor Relations Act.

Beware creeping expectations for exempts

In today’s booming economy, with new workers in short supply, many exempt employees are being asked to do more nonexempt work and end up working longer hours. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Orange County, Calif. trucking co. delivering $200K in back OT pay

C&W Trucking in Orange County will pay 56 employees $199,010 in back pay following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

If the check’s in the mail, withhold and report

Mail delivery being what it is these days, you can’t really be sure whether retirees or terminated employees receive their pension distribution checks. That doesn’t matter, according to the IRS.

DOL sets 2020 penalties

The Department of Labor has announced the 2020 inflation adjustments to penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and ERISA.

Payroll FYI: Legal memoranda from the IRS

The IRS is a prodigious publisher. Here are digests of three recently released legal memoranda.

Fix it fast: Accounting for repaid wages & taxes

If you front load employees’ vacation leave at the beginning of a year, and they take some time off but terminate their employment before they’ve earned the equivalent of their annual leave, you’ve technically advanced employees wages and now you’re owed a debt.

Dentist pays the price for brushing off the IRS

Dentists and the IRS have a lot in common. Both can use painful tools to compel compliance. But in a recent contest between the IRS and a dental practice, it was the dentist who got the drill and the IRS came out on top.

2020 standard mileage rate decreases a half cent per mile

Formerly 58¢ per mile, the rate is now 57.5¢ per mile for 2020.

OT salary level regs may affect 401(k), other plans

If you reclassified some exempt employees as nonexempt in the wake of the new overtime salary threshold rules that went onto effect Jan. 1, you should now check your health benefit and 401(k) plan documents.